Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics

Country: France France

Director: Prof. Florence Haegel


Contact: Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics


The Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) is France’s leading French research university in political science, international relations and sociology, according to the recently published QS rankings of international universities by discipline. Sciences Po hosts 60 full-time professors, more than 200 researchers, 80 foreign professors invited each year and 400 academic partnerships with universities around the world. It offers seven graduate programmes. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, it associates and combines skills and know-how from the different social sciences.

Headed by Florence Haegel since September 2016, Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (UMR 8239) is a multidisciplinary research unit specialising in comparative political analysis. Reflecting on social science research methods is an important part of the work done there. The CEE scientific project combines basic and applied research on four key areas:

  1. An interdisciplinary approach to Europe and European studies,
  2. The interrelation between participation, democracy and government,
  3. The analyses of elections, and
  4. The restructuring of the State and public action.

While engaging in different European networks, the CEE currently brings together 30 permanent faculty members, about 35 PhD students, and a large number of research associates and guest researchers. In 2018, the CEE hosted three ERC projects and two Marie-Curie fellows.

Researchers at the CEE are closely involved in the teaching programmes at Sciences Po: at the undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels. The CEE is more specifically associated with the definition of teaching programmes and the management of the Urban School, the School of Public Affairs and the Paris School of International Affairs as well as PhD programs in political science and sociology.  Its teaching offer covers the majority of fields related the study of political science and sociology: European studies, comparative politics, political sociology, policy analysis as well as qualitative and quantitative methods.

The CEE is a highly internationalised research centre with a growing international dimension. First, the team has become increasingly multinational in recent years. Second, most of the research includes an international and/or comparative dimension and is carried out in partnership with foreign universities. Third, the CEE hosts many programmes funded by European institutions as well as different European programmes (International Training Network, collaborative programmes, ORA programmes, etc.). Moreover, our researchers regularly spend time at our many partner institutions, especially through the multiple international networks the CEE is involved in, such as the OoPo partnership between Sciences Po and Oxford.

The CEE is also strongly engaged in the development of applied research dedicated to the French, European and international society. The CEE regularly implements programmes that are publicly funded or conducted in partnership with public authorities, producing knowledge that informs debates on societal issues and contributes to public policy reform at both the European and national levels.

Institutional partnerships have been developed both with public and private entities and cover a wide range of issues like energy policies, mobility policies or health care. CEE researchers are also frequent commentators in the media. One of the most recent examples of their participation in the public debate is the analysis of the 2019 European elections, both during the campaign and after the results.

The Centre publishes prolifically in the form of monographs, collective works, manuals, and articles. The CEE also edits a series of working papers, Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, as well as an E-Print collection that makes unpublished research papers publicly available.

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